Thursday, June 18, 2020
Nashville, TN (June 18, 2020) – Multi-platinum songwriter Jonathan Singleton has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Spirit Music Nashville. As part of the deal, Spirit has also acquired a portion of Singleton’s song catalog. The announcement comes as Singleton dominates the top of the country charts with the #1 single with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” - Carly Pearce and Lee Brice; the #5 single “In Between” - Scotty McCreery (which was also co-written and produced by Spirit Music Nashville CEO Frank Rogers); and the #16 single “Die From A Broken Heart” - Maddie and Tae.
Singleton has written the #1 hits “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” by Tyler Farr; “Yours If You Want It” by Rascal Flatts, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner; “Let It Rain” by David Nail and the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw. He has also written such hits as “Watching Airplanes” by Gary Allan, “Red Light” by David Nail and “Don’t” by Billy Currington. Other cuts include songs by Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn and many more.
“Jonathan Singleton is a true renaissance man,” said Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville. “He is a world-class songwriter, singer, musician, producer and businessman. After years of recording his songs and writing songs with him, I could not be more excited to get the opportunity to partner with him as a publisher. The entire Spirit Music Nashville is fired up to welcome Jonathan to the family! PS - Jonathan, you should go ahead and buy your wife that truck!”
“I’m so very excited to start a new chapter with Frank and the Spirit team,” said Jonathan Singleton. “I can’t wait to see what we can get done, and I know we’ll have fun doing it!”
Since announcing the appointment of Frank Rogers to Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Nashville, the company has made quick impact with a multi-faceted deal with GRAMMY® award winning songwriter David Garcia (including a purchase of his catalog and a pub deal for future works); the signing of Music Row’s “Song of the Year” GRAMMY nominated co-writer Jeremy Bussey; the signing of a joint venture with ACM’s “Guitar Player of the Year” Derek Wells and his 2 Mix Music enterprise; as well as the signings of Bobby Hamrick, Brinley Addington, Frank Ray, Abe Stoklasa and Neil Thrasher. Other recent successes by Spirit Music Nashville include a publishing interest in Billboard’s #1 and #2 “Songs of the Decade” (“Meant To Be” via David Garcia and “Body Like a Backroad” via Zach Crowell); the top two Billboard “Albums of the Decade” (Traveller by Chris Stapleton and Montevallo by Sam Hunt); ASCAP’s Song of the Year (“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne); SESAC’s Song of the Year (“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington); CMA Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban) and CMA Album of the Year From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton); and a publishing interest in ACM nominations for Song of the Year (“Whiskey & You” by Chris Stapleton); Single of the Year (“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland) and Songwriter of the Year (Josh Osborne).
Recent chart successes by the company include: Scotty McCreery’s “In Between” (#5 Country Airplay); Kenny Chesney’s “Here and Now” (#3 Country Airplay); Sam Hunt’s “Kinfolks” (#1 Country Airplay); Carrie Underwood’s “Drinking Alone” (#11 Country Airplay); and Dustin Lynch’s“Ridin’ Roads (#1 Country Airplay).
Spirit Music Group and Spirit Music Nashville have had a string of signing successes and acquisitions over the last year. In 2019, Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit Music Group and secure a recapitalization of over $350 million. The capital raise allows Spirit to continue to build upon its already impressive legacy and community of renowned artists and songwriters. Now wholly-owned by the newly formed Lyric Capital Group, Spirit Music Group remains a strong, independent publisher.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. Spirit’s portfolio consists of over 200 #1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs.
Among its most notable songwriters and writer/artists are James Bay, John Barrett, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Big Data, Marc Bolan, T Bone Burnett, Jonny Coffer, Zach Crowell, Rami Dawod, Henry Mancini, Matt & Kim, Johnny McDaid, The Marshall Tucker Band, Graham Nash, John Newman, Rick Nowels, David Paich, Doc Pomus, Frank Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squier, Pete Townshend, Gregg Wattenberg; and the breakthrough work of newer artists including Dagny and Tim Montana.
Spirit has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit has helped transform the publisher's role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership by creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients' songs and expand their brands.
Spirit Music Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and the Netherlands. Spirit is a portfolio company of Lyric Capital Group, led by seasoned music executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron.
For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.
Digital distribution of Michaelson’s catalog switched over today, May 1, with CD releases to follow on May 29 and vinyl slated for June 19. All eight albums are available digitally via UMe and will be repressed on CD and vinyl except for Alter Egos, a 5-song EP of reinterpretations tracks of songs from the album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, which will only be reissued as a 12-inch vinyl picture disc as it was originally released. All albums are available to stream and pre-order here: https://IngridMichaelson.lnk.to/CatalogPR
“Ingrid Michaelson is a fantastic songwriter with a remarkable body of work that has struck a chord with millions of fans through her impressive album sales and countless song placements in some of the biggest TV shows and commercials. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to align with Spirit Music Group and introduce Ingrid’s music even further around the world, seeking new opportunities for her catalog of songs.” said Bruce Resnikoff, President & CEO of UMe.
“Ingrid is an incredibly talented artist and songwriter and the Spirit team is honored to be entrusted with the masters and publishing of her song catalog. We take great pride in protecting Ingrid’s catalog—and we know that UMe will as well. Having the experience of working at UMG for many years during my career, I am confident that we are assigning Ingrid’s catalog to the right place for distribution as we work to maximize global opportunities for Ingrid’s stellar catalog of songs,” said Joe Borrino, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Spirit Music Group.
Since self-releasing her breakout album, Girls and Boys, in 2006, Ingrid Michaelson has sold more than one million albums and 10 million singles and has carved out a unique path in the music world with her lilting, infectious indie-pop songs that have amassed millions of fans through heavy touring, extensive radio play and her cunning approach of licensing songs for numerous commercials and network television shows. Her music has attracted wide exposure through hundreds of high profile placements on series such as “One Tree Hill,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Nashville,” “Scrubs,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and most notably “Grey’s Anatomy,” which provided her first big break when her song “Breakable” from Girls and Boys was used in the third season in 2006. Following that use and two additional songs in subsequent episodes, she was then approached by the show’s music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas to write and record an original song for the season finale. The resulting track, “Keep Breathing,” was played almost in its entirety during the dramatic climax and prompted many in the music industry to take notice. Several months later, her career would take off when her irresistible, quirky, platinum-selling love song, “The Way I Am,” was used in an ubiquitous “Old Navy” commercial that aired during prime time and was seen during 17 season premieres.
“Keep Breathing” was eventually released on 2008’s Be OK, a compilation album of previously unreleased music, live recordings and cover versions. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of the sprightly, ukulele-fueled title track, which was used in several TV shows, helping to continue to introduce her music to an ever-growing fanbase. She closed out the year with two original Christmas songs, “Snowfall” and “When the Leaves” – in 2017 the Snowfall EP was released with three additional songs including “Winter Song.” Her fourth album, Everybody, followed in 2009 and peaked at #18 on the Top 200 and included the top 20 hit, “Maybe,” which was a staple on adult contemporary radio, and “Everybody,” heard in commercials worldwide. Her 2012 album, Human Again, continued her upward trajectory and garnered Michaelson her first top 10 album, debuting at #5 on the Top 200 and #1 on the Independent Albums chart. With production from producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, k.d. lang, Regina Spektor) and featuring the single, "Ghost, the record was praised for its “lush, layered arrangements and movie soundtrack strings” (All Music) and led to a sold out North American tour.
Lights Out, released in 2014, mirrored the chart success Michaelson experienced with her previous album, with #5 and #1 on the Top 200 and Independent Albums chart respectively, and saw Michaelson working with a variety of producers and exploring new musical terrains exemplified by the effervescent, electronic-tinged, platinum-selling single, “Girls Chase Boys.” Bolstered by a clever video, a gender-bending homage to Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible,” the song became Michaelson's highest charting single and biggest airplay hit since "The Way I Am,” peaking at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Adult Pop Songs chart. It also resulted in her first Top 40 pop hit at #25. The album features several songwriting collaborations and guest appearances including A Great Big World, Trent Dabbs, Mat Kearney and Greg Laswell. Following the album’s success, a deluxe edition was released to cap off the year which featured an alternate cover and a bonus disc with additional songs. Michaelson’s sixth studio album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, released in 2016, peaked at #19 on the Top 200 and traverses some deeply personal territory as it was recorded in the wake of her mother’s death and the dissolution of her marriage. The album features the buoyant singles “Hell No” and “Celebrate” and the rousing, anthemic “Light Me Up.” Michaelson’s 2017 companion EP, Alter Egos, featured reinterpretations of songs with collaborations from Tegan and Sara, Lucius, Sara Bareilles, and others.
UMe is proud to be the new stewards for distribution of this exceptional catalog of songs.